You’ve heard it before: Alcohol,
smoking, drugs, and unprotected sex can be bad for you. And it’s true. But these things
are even more dangerous when you have diabetes. You’ve been working hard to stay
healthy. Alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs just mess that up. Unprotected sex can lead
sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancy. Unplanned pregnancy
be very risky if you have diabetes. High blood sugar can harm an unborn baby. If you
feel pressure to drink, smoke, do drugs, or have sex, talk to your diabetes team or
parents to get advice.